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Stellar Takes Off in June

Writer Joseph Keatinge and legendary artist Bret Blevins team up for the spacefaring series Stellar—created by Robert Kirkman and Marc Silvestri—this June from Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment.

Stellar was taken as a child and transformed into the ultimate weapon, one that would end an intergalactic war. She succeeded…at everything except finding peace. Now, she’s reduced to bounty hunting, scouring the worlds she’s broken in search of redemption.

But there are other weapons loose in the galaxy, and it seems they just can’t leave the war behind them.

This June, Stellar will transport you to another dimension—one filled with crashed spaceships, fast-talking aliens, and ageless wonders.

Stellar #1 (Diamond code: APR180484) hits comic shops Wednesday, June 13th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, May 21st.

Review: Cyberforce #1

In a modern world where humanity is defined by the technology it creates, a terrorist strikes at the heart of human progress. One of the few survivors of the attack is a man named Morgan Stryker. Mortally wounded, Stryker’s life is saved by his employers…but the price could be his humanity itself.

The classic series returns in a reimagining overseen by creator Marc Silvestri and with that I’ve been excited to see where it all goes. The concept of Cyberforce in a today’s world has a lot of potential. And I’ll admit I expected the first issue to be interesting as to how it might reflect that. Writers Matt Hawkins and Bryan Hill give us a glimpse of that potential with a focus on a addiction to technology and those who want to break us of that. And the Cyberforce team itself is the blending of technology and humanity. It’s a forced use of technology much like we experience every day.

There’s also the aspect of the terrorist attack and the person forced to seek revenge. That aspect of the story feels like a trope at this point and something we’ve seen so many times before by Hawkins and Hill give it enough emotional heft to make it feel original.

The art by Atilio Rojo is interesting and feels a lot like the styles we’ve seen on previous iterations of the series. But, there’s also a unique take on the familiar characters themselves with slight differences that you can tell this is Rojo’s unique take on them. There are issues with the art though. Stryker makes a comment about a third arm, with no third arm present. It’s an odd moment where the dialogue and art doesn’t sync up.

I really enjoyed previous volumes so there’s a bar for this debut issue and I’m happy to say, the first issue clears it. It nails what it needs and gives us a new origin story that takes us in some new fresh directions. If you’ve ever wanted to check out this “classic” series, this is a perfect issue to start with.

Story: Matt Hawkins, Bryan Hill Art: Atilio Rojo Lettering: Troy Peteri
Story: 7.75 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.6 Recommendation: Read

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Cyberforce #1

Cyberforce #1

Story: Matt Hawkins, Bryan Hill
Art: Atilio Rojo
Cover A: Marc Silvestri
Cover B: Atilio Rojo
Lettering: Troy Peteri
Editor: Elena Salcedo
In Shops: Mar 28, 2018
SRP: $3.99

TO PROTECT THE FUTURE, WHAT WILL WE BECOME?
The classic series returns in a reimagining overseen by creator MARC SILVESTRI. In a modern world where humanity is defined by the technology it creates, a terrorist strikes at the heart of human progress. One of the few survivors of the attack is a man named Morgan Stryker. Mortally wounded, Stryker’s life is saved by his employers…but the price could be his humanity itself.

Movie Review: Chris Claremont’s X-Men

Chris Claremont came to Marvel as a young man, and was assigned a book that no one else wanted, a book on the brink of cancellation: X-Men. Over the next 17 years, his work on the title turned it into the biggest franchise in comic book history. Forty years later, his work has been adapted into ten films, three TV series, countless video games and has become a part of our cultural mythology. But, it all started with one writer and his commitment to emotionally honest storytelling and real character building.

Chris Claremont’s X-Men sees an extended version released this week, a documentary exploring the influential creator’s run and impact. Taking us from his childhood to his exit from the X-Men, the film is an interesting exploration that provides a lot of insight into the creator’s run and why it was both successful and such a big deal.

Featuring interviews with Clarmont, Ann Nocenti, Louise Simonson, and more, secrets are revealed into what went on behind the scenes, both good and bad. The documentary also features interviews with the likes of Rob Liefeld, Marc Silvestri, and hard-core fans who share about the impact on them and dish on some of what went on towards the end.

But, what’s interesting is director Patrick Meaney‘s narrative which feels like it organically came out of the interviews. We see how Claremont saved these characters and drove them to stardom but how that success eventually drove Claremont off of the titles as well. Success brought the need for greater commercial reach which then drove the narrative creating a cycle that feels like it’s plagued comics today in many ways.

And, there’s an honesty about it all. Claremont, Nocenti, and Simonson don’t hold back discussing the good and the bad. Their time on the screen feels like friends together reminiscing about this amazing thing they’ve done. Through their recounting of history, we also get to see how much of modern comics spun out of this series in multiple ways, from talent working today to those behind the scenes. That’s in addition to the world of the X-Men coming to the big and small screen in multiple ways.

Claremont helped launch all of that.

The documentary is low-fi. There’s no fancy graphics or transitions and the shots are pretty basic in production but there’s something charming about that. It’s raw in many ways. There’s use of cosplayers (and unfortunately one of those cosplayers has been accused of horrible things) for transitions which brings down the product a little, but overall, you’re watching this for the history not the production value.

The documentary is fantastic taking the viewer into the important history of the X-Men and Chris Claremont’s hand in all of it. It captures the history, both good and bad, presenting it all without commentary from the director, instead this is history in the own words of people who lived it and were there.

Overall Rating: 8.0

Cyber Force Returns in March 2018

Overseen by creator Marc Silvestri, writers Matt Hawkins and Bryan Hill and artist Atilio Rojo will relaunch the classic series Cyber Force this March.

To protect the future, what will we become?

In a modern world where humanity is defined by the technology it creates, a terrorist strikes at the heart of human progress. One of the few survivors of the attack is a man named Morgan Stryker.

Mortally wounded, Stryker’s life is saved by his employers…but the price of his survival could be his humanity itself.

Cyber Force will launch in March 2018.

Image Comics Founders Reunite at ECCC 2017 to Celebrate 25 years

Image Comics and ReedPOP have announced that original Image Comics company founders Todd McFarlane, Jim Valentino, Erik Larsen, Rob Liefeld, Marc Silvestri, and Whilce Portacio will reunite at Emerald City Comicon 2017 to celebrate the company’s milestone 25th anniversary. The panel will be moderated by Walking Dead creator and Image Comics partner, Robert Kirkman.

The Image Comics founders will come together for a very special ECCC panel on Friday, March 3rd from 1:00–2:30 PM. The panel will focus on the origin story of the company when, 25 years ago, a group of comics artists looked at the difference between what they were capable of and what they were being given, and left the promise of steady work for new pastures. The result was Image Comics, which has grown from an upstart group to a comics publisher that has changed the course of the industry. Image’s 25th anniversary year begins with this special event, a rare gathering that is not to be missed.

Following the panel, there will be an exclusive signing with the Image Comics founders in the Grand Ballroom at the Sheraton Hotel located next door to the Washington State Convention Center from 3:00–4:30 PM. ECCC will coordinate a ‘lottery system’ where badge-holding fans will submit their names and a lucky 300 fans will win a limited edition poster and admission to have it signed by the founders. Lottery applications are open on the Emerald City Comicon website until February 21st.

On February 1, 1992 seven comics superstars Erik Larsen, Jim Lee, Rob Liefeld, Todd McFarlane, Whilce Portacio, Marc Silvestri, and Jim Valentino came together to form their own company that would change the landscape of comics forever. Current partners McFarlane, Valentino, Kirkman, Larsen, and Silvestri collectively have brought creator-owned comics to the forefront of industry change and, after 25 years of amazing storytelling freedom, Image Comics celebrates the milestone anniversary all year long with ongoing promotions, events, and festivities.

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Image Comics Kicks Off Their 25th Anniversary Variants with Deadly Class

Image Comics has announced monthly theme variants in celebration of the company’s 25th anniversary this year. The series of variants will launch with Rick Remender and Wes Craig‘s Deadly Class #26 and a cover that commemorates Marc Silvestri‘s Cyberforce #1.

Each month of the anniversary year will boast a special theme for the variants, beginning with the Wednesday, February 1st—the exact date of Image Comics’ founding in 1992.

February’s theme is: “Homage covers celebrating Past, Present, Future” with variants paying tribute to popular series throughout the company’s history.

Deadly Class #26 Cover B (Diamond Code NOV168917) will feature art by Eric Canete, colors by Jordan Boyd, in homage to the fan-favorite Top Cow series Cyberforce created by Marc Silvestri, which brought fans in by droves when it first hit stores. The final order cutoff for comics retailers is Monday, January 9th.

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Preview: Red Sonja 2017 Calendar

Red Sonja 2017 Calendar

Rating: Teen+
Cover: Jim Lee
Art: Jim Lee, Frank Thorne, Joe Jusko, Alex Ross, Frank Cho, Estrban Maroto, Greg Land, Joseph Michael Linsner, David Mack, Marc Silvestri, Michael Turner, Mel Rubi, and more
$14.99

Even during the winter months, Red Sonja is no ice queen… she’s a She-Devil! Fiery in spirit, skilled in combat, lusty and bawdy in her revelry, the crimson-tressed heroine looks gorgeous and grand throughout every month of the 2017 wall calendar. Proudly display these powerful portrayals of the fan-favorite swordswoman, courtesy of the artistic talent of of Frank Cho, Joe Jusko, Greg Land, Jim Lee, Joseph Michael Linsner, Davie Mack, Esteban Maroto, Alex Ross, Marc Silvestri, Frank Thorne, Michael Turner, Mel Rubi, and more!

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Demonic—Sometimes the Worst Demons are the Ones Inside

Image/Skybound Entertainment has announced the sinister, all-new series Demonic co-created by Robert Kirkman and Marc Silvestri, written by Eisner Award-nominated Christopher Sebela, and with debut artist Niko Walter, colorist Dan Brown, and letterer Sal Cipriano set to launch this August 2016.

In Demonic, Detective Scott Graves will do anything to protect his family… even bargain away his soul. Now, the only thing to fear isn’t New York’s worst criminals, but what’s already raging inside of him. After all, what’s the cost of your soul when it’s already damaged?

Demonic #1 Cover A (Diamond Code JUN160587) and Cover B by Witch Doctor‘s Lukas Ketner (Diamond Code JUN160588) will hit comic book stores on Wednesday, August 17th.

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LINE Webtoon Announces Deals with Marc Silvestri and Stan Lee

LINE WebtoonStan Lee Headshot, the digital comic service, has unveiled some interesting new partnerships including one with Stan Lee and POW! Entertainment and Top Cow founder Marc Silverstri.

Along with Lee and POW!, the company has unveiled an initiative to discover new talent through the company’s Superhero Comics Contest. The contest will give aspiring creators the opportunity to submit their Superhero-themed comics for the chance to win $30,000 and the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to receive Stan Lee’s guidance and feedback.

The Superhero Comics Contest is the third contest in LINE Webtoon’s Challenge League system, which is proven to be a new and innovative way to find new comic talent. To enter, artists over the age of fourteen can upload at least three chapters of an original superhero comic directly to the contest’s entry page. Finalists will be chosen by Stan Lee and his team at POW! Entertainment along with LINE Webtoon’s editorial team. The grand prize winner will receive $30,000 and the opportunity to receive guidance and feedback from Stan and have their comic published by LINE Webtoon.

A second place winner will receive $10,000 and, along with the third and fourth place winners, will have the opportunity to become paid, featured LINE Webtoon artists.

Marc Silvestri HeadshotThe company has also announced that renowned creator Marc Silvestri will be launching the next chapter of his hit comic series, Cyber Force, created by Silvestri and written by famed comics scribe Matt Hawkins, exclusively on LINE Webtoon beginning in Fall 2015. The latest two trades of Cyber Force will be reformatted and available on LINE Webtoon for new readers to catch up before the new chapters begin.

Additionally, LINE Webtoon and Top Cow are developing the series as a multi-platform experience for fans who keep up with the rest of the Top Cow universe. The title Aphrodite IX, written by Top Cow president Matt Hawkins, will be deeply tied to the events of Cyber Force on LINE Webtoon, driving fans from the print editions of Aphrodite IX to the weekly chapters on LINE Webtoon and back.

With more than 10 years of experience in Korea, LINE Webtoon launched in the U.S. in 2014, and its partnership with POW! continues the company’s major expansion in the U.S., which includes new artists, partners, ways to interact with the content, and much more.

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